Texas II: David Gilliland qualifying report

Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota to Take Green Flag from the 21st Position at Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, TX -- David Gilliland, driver of the No. 02 Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Joe Gibbs Racing, qualified...

Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota to Take Green Flag from the 21st Position at Texas Motor Speedway

Fort Worth, TX -- David Gilliland, driver of the No. 02 Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Joe Gibbs Racing, qualified 21st this afternoon for Sunday's Dickies 500 from Texas Motor Speedway.

The key word this morning for the Farm Bureau Insurance team was loose, as David fought an ill-handling race car in the first few mock qualifying laps this morning during NASCAR Sprint Cup Practice. Still, the team worked feverishly to get the Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota handling better in the and by practices end the hard-work could be seen on the speed chart.

"I went out for our first lap and in turn one the back almost came around - that's how loose the Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota was on the first run during practice. It was extremely loose getting in the corner, which really made me get off the throttle early, which pretty much killed my first few laps. So, Wally (Brown) and the guys went to work and we kept getting better and better throughout practice," said David Gilliland after practice.

The trend of the team making the right adjustments to help the Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota continued during qualifying, as David laid down a lap that was fast enough to easily lock the team into the show for Sunday.

"The Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota felt good and drove much like it did on our last run during practice. It lacked a little grip in the center but overall I'm very happy with Wally (Brown) and the team -- they continued to make the right adjustments and it paid off. All in all, I'm really excited and I know there will be plenty of Farm Bureau Insurance agents here on Sunday to cheer us on," said David Gilliland.

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers David Gilliland
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing